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Plugs, Sockets and Cable Safety

Last updated  18 May 2018

Many home fires start in fault electrical fittings or extension cables. This is what it looks like.
Electrical extension cable after a fire

Follow our advice to stay safe at home:

  • Always check plugs have the right fuses in, keep spares handy;
  • Always ensure your plugs and sockets are not damaged;
  • Replace plugs if they show burning or scorch marks;
  • Check that visible cables and leads are in good condition with no loose wires or fraying;
  • Check that your light fittings are not visibly damaged and that downlighters are in good working condition;
  • Do not store combustible materials around your fusebox, electricity meter or electrical intake;
  • Never run cables under carpets or rugs;
  • Never take mains-powered electrical items into the  bathroom;
  • Always switch off your electrical items when they are not in use at the socket.

Use our socket overload calculator to check you aren’t putting too much strain on your electrical sockets.

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